Those mass events that are open for foreign markets should be completely called off according to a statement released by the newly-formed Malta Entertainment Industry and Arts Association on Tuesday July 28.
The association has announced that it will be proposing a number of measures in order to try and reduce the amount of infections in such events.
The proposals include setting a maximum audience capacity according to the size of the venue, as well as stating that “All uncontrolled events without a gate entrance need to stop with immediate effect as contact tracing cannot be effective.”
Regarding the gate proposal, the association added that the temperature of the attendees needs to be checked, with “Mandatory sanitiser provided and enforced upon entry”, providing contact details as well as having the ID card scanned, encouraging the wearing of visors or masks, as well as maintaining proper social distancing.
The association added that it aims to implement a “prevention is better than cure” mentality, “asking to stop all events with foreigners flying in specifically for such events as they are more likely to spread the disease locally”.
The MEIA also encouraged the implementation of much stronger campaigns by authorities, even suggesting having a “trusted team or person from the Health Department supervise events” depending on the size of the venue.
The association was formed on July 20 of this year, being made up of an executive committee of seven people, and an advisory committee of five people.
The president of the association is music producer and former X Factor Malta judge Howard Keith Debono.
Concluding the statement, the MEIA also added that it will “start meeting with the respective authorities to safeguard the local Entertainment & Arts industry, discussing various urgent matters as well as identifying several steps to be taken to address certain issues”.